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a person devoted to bringing about , as in politics or society.
(initial capital letter) any of the leaders of the Reformation.
Contemporary Examples

Abdallah and Nayif were an odd couple in many ways, one a reformer the other a hardliner.
Meet Prince Salman, the Next Saudi King Bruce Riedel June 15, 2012

Sooner or later, a reformer like Gorbachev would have emerged.
The Myth of the Wall’s Fall Peter Beinart November 7, 2009

U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Amy Klobuchar and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius all have reformer track records.
Obama’s Cabinet Isn’t Female Enough Amy Siskind November 21, 2008

Their drop-in rate starts at $39 for all classes using the reformer.
12 Priciest Fitness Classes (Actually Worth the Splurge) DailyBurn February 2, 2014

Indeed the incredible cost of U.S. health care is breath-taking, whether you’re a reformer or anti-reformist.
In Defense of ‘Socialized Medicine’ Andrew Neil July 22, 2009

Historical Examples

The Duke had said, laughing, ‘I hear they call me a reformer.’
The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville

Every reformer the world has ever seen has had a similar experience.
The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV Various

Every one of you wants to be a lawgiver, a statesman, and a reformer, and to manage the public affairs in his own way.
Stories from Thucydides H. L. Havell

Herein, then, lies the secret of the success of the reformer.
The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV Various

Julius Cæsar was almost as good a reformer as our modern Puritans.
Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906 Various


1540s, agent noun from reform (v.).


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